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Character Analysis Of Romeo

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Character Analysis of Romeo

Romeo and Juliet is a tale of two star-crossed lovers who in their
love for each other were willing to sacrifice their lives.

Romeo is a very temperamental person; his character develops
considerably throughout the play in various ways. In this essay I
shall be looking closely at Romeo’s character, his intentions &
abilities and his relationship with other characters in the play.

In the conversation between Benvolio and Montague in act 1 scene 1, we
learn that Romeo is behaving strangely and avoiding his friends,
“Towards him I made, but he was ware of me and stole into the covert
of the woods.” In this sentence Benvolio is explaining to Lady
Montague that when he walked towards Romeo, Romeo was aware of him and
hid in the woods. We know now that he was consumed by his grief about
being rejected by Rosaline, he would not confide in his friends or
family, as we learn from his father’s words “But he, his own
affections councilors, is to himself”. His father also mentions that
Romeo stays in his room all day with the curtains drawn grieving alone
in his darkened room “Away from light steals my heavy son, and private
in his chamber pens himself, shut up his windows, locks fair daylight
out, and makes himself an artificial night”. These two sentences given
by his father offer a physical and mental portrait of Romeo penning
himself away because he did not get what he wanted.

Benvolio tries again to talk to Romeo. He succeeds and asks Romeo why
he looked distressed. At first Romeo shied away from giving a straight
answer and talks in riddles and double meaning but then with more
promptings he unburdens his misery. We learn that he loves a lady who
has sworn to remain a virgin. “She’ll not be hit with cupids arrow,
she hath dian’s wits”. Meaning that she does not love him and she has
Dian’s wit. Dian is the goddess of hunting and chasity, she avoids
Cupid’s arrows ; from this we learn that Rosaline has no intention of
loving him or any other man. This is further proven when Romeo
confirms Benvolio’s question that she has sworn to remain a virgin.

Romeo goes on to say that his love is misplaced because Rosaline has
rejected him. Romeo compares his love to Rosaline as a devote
religion. His words seem mature which belies his actions, which is
often irresponsible and immature.

Even when his love has been rejected, Romeo still feels heavy with the
burden of love. His friends didn’t take his love seriously, they
thought it was humorous, silly and later on exasperating. Romeo is
hurt by Rosaline ‘s rejections and perhaps by his friends’
indifference towards his love. We learn this when he quotes “… love
pricks like thorn…”.

But Mecrutio does not feel melancholy about love. He views love in a
physical sense more than emotional, he advises rather...

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